Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Aman, Aman

So this is the continued adventure from April 2, 2012  remember we first spent ~ five hours at Grand River Park, (see the last post) and since it is snowing right now, April 10, it is either time to do housework or work on pictures and the blog.  Really I am doing both of those two things, anyway...  On to Aman, it was already after 1pm so we only spent about 1 1/2 hours here but it was worth the stop.

We walked to the northern bridge, I was especially interested in how the Virginia Bluebells were coming along.  But first we checked out Sand Creek. 


We were seeing scads of wildflowers, these are mostly anemones, False Rue and maybe Wood.


 Yellow Trout Lily, this plant has neat leaves.


Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) Barberry Family


 Dutchman's Breeches


This is Early Meadow-Rue (Thalictrum dioicum) Buttercup Family.  It always is hard for me to get a decent picture of this plant.  The upper portion of the plant is like decorative ornaments dangling in the wind.  Below is a closer shot.  Sort of neat how the flowers droop from that little cap.




Bug alert!  One spider and one beetle coming up!


 Spider
                               Beetle


One of the last blooming Hepatica of the year, but the leaves of this plant last until next year and the leaves can be very pretty all by themselves.


Near the creek are thousands of Virginia Bluebell (Mertinsia Virginica) Borage Family, this one had buds and one flower just opening.


Small group of Virginia Bluebell


Virginia Bluebells getting ready to bloom at Aman Park, Ottawa County Michigan.


 Cool little tree starting out.


Bridge over Sand Creek  


 Many violets, different colors...That was it for Monday April 2nd,  but wait for it...

Lucky me, Betsy asked if I wanted to go to Aman on Friday, it was perfect weather.  So here is Aman Park four days later, April 6th.
More blue in the sky...


 One of the few Bloodroot still blooming,


 Some sort of long spurred violet,


 Spring Beauty looking very pink,




 Trillium by the hundreds,


A hill of a hundred trillium,


 Virginia Bluebell more open than on Monday,


 Virginia Bluebell


 Sand Creek at Aman Park


Virginia Bluebell


 Buttercup


 Miterwort  (Mitella Diphylla) Saxifrage Family has tiny flowers with five delicate fringes giving it a dainty appearance.


 Miterwort with its opposite sessile leaves.


 Sand Creek from the southern bridge at Aman Park,


 So that about wraps up Aman, Aman.  Notice the Red Bud tree near the bridge, more about Red Bud next time. Thanks for stopping by.

5 comments:

quietsolopursuits said...

I've been loooking forward to this post to see how far along the flowers are in Aman Park. That's my favorite place for photographing wildflowers, and I missed it last spring. Thank you for some great photos!

kayak1 said...

WOW!!! Miterwort, beautiful, looks like a snow flake to me... Great pics/comments...
Thanks...

Plants Amaze Me said...

quietsolopursuits, Aman Park was rather busy, school was off for spring break, so a fair amount of people and dogs. The trillium were blooming nicely, the Virginia Bluebells not yet peaked. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Plants Amaze Me said...

kayak1, Hey you guys are followers! Great! I have 13 followers, now the pressure is on, Ha Ha.
Miterwort is also known as Bishop's Cap but should be called snowflake flower.
I just hope all the plants make it through this cold weather.
Any kayaking plans?
Thanks for visiting the blog. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I liked the baby tree. You are lucky to be able to go so much and see the procession of flowers! M :)